CVPH Medical Center Foundation/The Foundation of Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital
Building Healthy Communities
November 2015 – October 2017
As one of the most rural counties in New York State, Clinton County is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. But despite its great potential for outdoor physical activity, rural Clinton County is in the bottom quarter of counties in New York State on measures of access to physical activity.
Many of the activities that tourists come for are inaccessible to low-income residents of the county because of the costs involved and unreliable transportation. During the winter months, in particular, it is difficult to find low-cost, accessible opportunities for physical activity. One-quarter of residents report being physically inactive. Lack of physical activity helps to explain the high rates of obesity among children and adults in Clinton County, where one out of every three adults and one out of every five children are obese. The scientific evidence is compelling that investment in close-to-home recreation and park services is associated with significantly higher rates of physical activity that lead to better health. Studies have also shown a positive relationship between investment in parks and recreation and the amount of exercise by young people.
NYHealth awarded a grant to the Foundation of Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH) to partner with local parks and recreation departments to increase opportunities for and accessibility to physical activity for residents of Clinton County.